Make Money from Your Art? How to Start a Side Job as an Artist! – Royals Lesson!

Ciao lovelies! Today Nightsong and I are collaborating to bring you a post all about how to make money from your art! We will be discussing how to start a side job as an artist!


-          Figure out what kind of art you want to sell, whether that’s paintings, drawings, digital art, etc. 

-          Decide on commission types: Aka what is your price for each section within your selected medium… for example Drawing commission types, prices vary based on sketch, line-art, full color, no color, shading, no shading….

-          Commission rules, AKA “I won’t draw gore..” AS WELL AS “Please only use this on ____ platform, don’t re-sell my art…”

-          Making a commission form. Basically, you ask questions about what the person wants from you, for example ask them to provide you picture references, desired color palette, size, etc.

-          Market yourself on all your socials, if you don’t have specific socials for your art business already, make some!


-          For drawings, paintings, etc, ask for approval from the customer when it’s in its concept/sketch phases. Make sure they like the direction you are taking it. 

-          Make the commission! 
-          ALWAYS GET PAYMENT BEFORE YOU SEND IT (Nightsong tip) Or get half payment before you send it and half when it arrives to the customer.

-          Try to be as flexible as is appropriate, don’t let yourself get walked on or taken advantage of.


-          Use services like Redbubble to sell Stickers and other merch of your art.

-          Digital art can be sold as “adoptables” (Nightsong will talk about this in a later post)

-          Use services like Shutterfly, etc to sell prints.

-          Entering Art Contests!

Overall, good luck! We believe in you! If you have an art account and want some promos, tag us on Instagram @onlyfunthingsblog and we’ll promo you (so long as your art is SFW, family friendly, and appropriate!)

Thanks so much for reading, remember to love yourself, and we’ll see you in our next post!

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